Yesterday was a very eventful day. I spent most of the morning and afternoon at a coffee shop looking up the most updated of flight prices and schedules, while Bryan came and went between errands and long phone calls to end services at the house. Once Bryan was caught up, we contemplated over the options and settled on a flight out of Kansas City on Wednesday, March 6th to Seattle, and a flight from Seattle to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with a layover in Taiwan. What’s really nice is that we’ll have about 5 hours or so in Seattle, so we think we can catch some dinner with Bryan’s cousin and maybe some friends.
We also purchased travel insurance at the same time. We chose the more expensive package so SCUBA, snorkeling, and rock climbing would be covered. If we choose to get really crazy, like bungee or sky diving (not likely, I can see Bryan hugging the ground now), that will be covered too. Our Visas for Vietnam are reserved and will be waiting for us at the airport.
While still experiencing the euphoric high (Sybil, NOW I’m really excited), we headed in to sign the closing papers on our house. Everything went smoothly and we are happily homeless!
After some celebratory drinks with our realtor, the two of us headed to a very nice dinner at Linger thanks to a gift card from some of Bryan’s friends at work.
Picnic with Eliza! Thanks for all your help with packing, Eliza!
Our bags are packed! Thanks for helping with this, Eliza! We will probably still eliminate some items from this photo because it turned out to be more than we would like to bring. Here is a summarized list of what we are bringing: three pairs of shoes each (sandals, hiking, running), a few changes of clothes, rain coats, minimal toiletries, minimal first aid and medicines, SE Asia travel guide, South America travel guide, a couple books, a DSLR, a small camera, and a small tablet computer.
Congratulations to me – I have had my last day of work and I can now put all of my energy into the final things we need to do in preparation for leaving, research where we are going, and think about what the next chapter of life will be like.Bryan’s last day of work is February 20th, but he took today (Friday) off to use up personal time. We’re going to pack up the kitchen and list the remaining things for sale on Craigslist, and later today we’re going to celebrate with his friends from work.
I’ve been so good at mentally blocking all the changes to focus on the end goal that I really haven’t felt any of the changes. The void spaces in the house where furniture used to be don’t even phase me, I still feel like I should be going to work Monday, and the only thing that feels really different is that we’re eating out more instead of cooking at home. Someone asked me how I can stand to sell so much of our belongings and not get emotional seeing these things go. Honestly, I just don’t think about it because I’m so focused. None of that stuff is worth an unsatisfied goal. Material items can be replaced. The things that can’t be replaced, like old pictures, will be safely stored. The memories attached to all of that stuff will follow us wherever we go. Most importantly, we’ll be together, making new memories and developing in ways we could never imagine.
I’m all in.
Most everything is falling in order and going smoothly. We close on our house on the 19th, we have given our notices at work, and Craigslist is coming through for us with buyers for the things we are selling. Bryan has been so focused at one big house project at a time while I’ve done the majority of the research that last weekend it all hit him at once. It was fun to finally see how excited he is now that he gets to focus on the fun part!
We have been down to one car and have been sleeping on an air mattress for the past week, again thanks to Craigslist! We have most everything we our taking on our adventure set aside, and let me tell you, it doesn’t look like a lot but it is everything we need. We will try to pack everything, including my pack, into Bryan’s pack for the flights there. We’ll have daypacks that we will carry on. We will post a picture of what we are packing soon.
Everyone wants to know where our first destination is, but we don’t have a solid answer yet. We will buy our one-way tickets the day we close on the house because there is still a tiny chance the closing could be delayed. We plan to time it so that we have some time in Missouri to visit family and friends before we fly out. At this point we are lookong mostly at Vietnam first, but the flight prices could determine that. Beijing is another possibility, it’s cheap to fly in and we have a friend there so it would make for an easy transition. We haven’t yet decided if we want to venture into China yet because it is so large and tempting to try to see it all. It is also more expensive overall.
If you know of any must-sees in Southeast Asia, we’d love to hear about them. We have a travel book and are doing internet research, but personal suggestions are sometimes the best!
Time has been flying by fast and we are trying to keep pace. We are half way to having the house sold as we should be closing in a couple of weeks, but that means that’s all the time we have left to get rid of most of our unnecessary stuff. Within the last couple of days it has finally hit Megan and I that we will be leaving very soon. Excited and nervous!
We finally got Megan’s car back Friday from the body shop after she was in an accident at the end of last year which put us in a huge time crunch to sell it, but we were able to sell it just a couple of days later. That was a huge sigh of relief. I know Megan and I can’t thank everyone enough that have helped us so far get ready for our travels.